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11/24/2021 - First Selectman's Code Red Message 11-24-2021

First Selectman’s Code Red
November 24, 2021
Good afternoon. This is First Selectman Monica McNally with a COVID-19 update for Wednesday, November 24th.

 There have been 47 new cases and no hospitalizations since my last Code Red update on November 16th. To date there have been 1,828 total cases from 1,162 unique households. Darien Public Schools report 41 active cases.

 In November, two Saturday clinics were held in the Town Hall gymnasium to provide the first dose of vaccine to children ages 5 to 11. A total of 742 vaccines were administered, with second dose vaccines scheduled for Saturday, December 4th and Saturday, December 11th.

The Darien Health Department booster clinics are being planned for the next three Tuesdays. Registration for a booster shot is made through the VAMS portal. Third-party vaccine providers in our area include Grieb’s Pharmacy, Walgreens and CVS.

Tuesday COVID-19 booster clinics also provide flu shots that are available to walk ins. We will also provide flu shots every Thursday in December (excluding December 23rd) by appointment only, from 10am to 12pm. You can schedule an appointment through the Health Department website (https://www.schedulicity.com/scheduling/DHDA4H/services).

You can find statewide COVID-19 data at www.ct.gov/coronavirus and town wide data at www.darienct.gov/covid19.

As the numbers indicate, we are seeing a noteworthy uptick in local COVID cases, in spite of Darien’s very high vaccination rate. Contact tracing shows the increase in cases is being driven mainly by household transmission and in-home social gatherings. As you prepare to spend Thanksgiving with family and friends, please do what you need to keep others safe. Please isolate yourself if you have been exposed or are feeling ill.

Thank you. Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Hanukah and Go Blue Wave!